Today is day 2 of my top blog posts of 2014 countdown with Mia of PragmaticMom! This fun, mess-free art activity for little ones was my fourth most popular blog post with 21,180 views in 2014! We have done several variations on this activity, and I have blogged about a few of them. Mess-free finger painting with translucent hair gel was definitely a hit, as was mess-free color mixing and using this set-up to practice letter writing. I did discover that some types of washable paint seem to react with the plastic from the bag over time, so I actually recommend sticking with shampoos, gels, lotions or conditioners mixed with food coloring unless you have tested the paint. We usually add food coloring, but some shampoos and gels come colored already. You can even fill the bag with play dough for a higher resistance sensory activity! If you have a child who is likely to rip through the bag, I recommend coating the bag with packing tape before handing it over – that makes it a lot tougher.
You can find more low-mess and mess-free activities for little ones by searching by my toddler activity tag, and on my toddler activities Pinterest board!
I use Mia’s book suggestions a lot when I am looking for library books for my kids. She has an entire Pinterest board dedicated to early chapter books for kids!
Do you have a favorite mess-free activity for kids that my toddler would enjoy? How about a beginning chapter book that you recommend for my first grader son or kindergartener daughter? If you are a blogger, I would love to hear which post was your fourth most popular in 2014!